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Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Atletico should grind out victory over Valencia

Barca may have to work hard for their rewards

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann
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Getafe v Leganes 11am
Leganes are just one step away from the Copa del Rey final – they host Sevilla in Wednesday's semi-final second leg with the score at 1-1 – and may not be fully focused in their league trip to Getafe.

Neither side should get dragged towards the relegation danger but the extra preparation time should turn the game in favour of the hosts.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Getafe
1pt Evs bet365

Key stat
Getafe are unbeaten in their last seven home fixtures.

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Espanyol v Barcelona 3.15pm
Barcelona had to work hard for their 2-1 success at home to Alaves last Sunday and are in for a tough match against city rivals Espanyol, who they knocked out of the Copa del Rey last month.

Espanyol triumphed 1-0 in the home leg of the cup tie but they could be on the wrong end of a low-scoring defeat this time.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Barcelona to win 1-0
1pt 13-2 general

Key stat
Seven of Espanyol's last eight home games with Barcelona have featured under 2.5 goals.

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Girona v Athletic Bilbao 5.30pm
There’s precious little to choose between these mid-table sides with just one point separating Girona from Athletic.

Girona have scored 16 goals at home and Athletic 16 away. Girona have drawn their last two and Athletic their last three, so expect a tight contest at the Montilivi.

Steve Davies's recommendation
Draw
1pt 23-10 bet365

Key stat
Athletic have drawn seven and won the other three of their last ten league games.

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Atletico Madrid v Valencia 7.45pm
Six of Valencia's seven defeats this season have been by a one-goal margin and they could lose narrowly again, this time away to Atletico Madrid.

Valencia put a lot into Thursday's 1-0 defeat away to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg which was their fourth loss in succession and Atletico can make it five reverses on the spin.

Mark Langdon's recommendation
Atletico Madrid to win by one goal
1pt 5-2 Sky Bet

Key stat
Atletico have kept seven clean sheets in their last ten home games.

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